Since 2001, the Frist Art Museum has brought internationally acclaimed exhibitions to our community, exposing many to contemporary art for the first time. The appetite for the art of our time has grown and continues to impact the local art scene. With this acute appreciation in mind, the Friends of Contemporary Art (FoCA) was started in 2015 to support the Frist’s organization and presentation of contemporary exhibitions. Consider joining FoCA today with a $1,000 donation add-on to your existing membership.

FoCA members have exclusive opportunities to:

  • meet contemporary artists and visit their studios
  • mingle with Frist Art Museum curators at special gatherings
  • receive VIP access to Frist Art Museum contemporary art events
  • attend social mixers with other contemporary art enthusiasts

Current and upcoming contemporary art exhibitions at the Frist include:

Jeffrey Gibson: The Body Electric
February 3–April 23, 2023

Otobong Nkanga: Gently Basking in Debris
February 3–April 23, 2023

Ron Jude: 12 Hz
May 26–August 13, 2023

Multiplicity: Blackness in Contemporary Collage
September 15–December 31, 2023

Raqib Shaw: Ballads of East and West
September 15–December 31, 2023

For more information about FoCA, contact Alyssa Blades at 615.744.3963 or

Please consider supporting the Frist Art Museum with a donation. Your gift is essential to our mission of serving the community through the arts and art access in particular. We truly appreciate your generosity.